Why Anthony Martial's crucial goal cost Manchester United millions

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

Did you know that Anthony Martial's equaliser during Manchester United's 3-2 comeback victory over Newcastle this past weekend cost the club 10 million euros?

The goal triggered a clause in Manchester United's agreement with Monaco that stated the purchasing club would owe an additional 10 million euros if Martial bagged 25 league goals in his first four seasons.

Martial reached the mark during the 3-2 win over Newcastle, scoring the second as Jose Mourinho's side battled back from two goals down.

One was that United agreed to pay Monaco an extra £7.7m if the Frenchman netted 25 goals in the Premier League before the end of the current 2018-19 season.

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United parted with £38.5m in two installments to sign Martial, but the deal included plenty of lucrative bonuses, which meant it could have eventually cost as much as £61.6m.

The 22-year-old has scored 25 goals in 91 Premier League games in a little over three seasons at Old Trafford. Yet with Martial not among the Ballon d'Or nominees announced this week and out of favour for France, for whom he has played 18 times, seven games short of the stipulated target, neither clause will be met.

Despite the heavy cost of the goal, we don't think United will be complaining.

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